The use of lavender goes all the way back to the Greeks and Romans. The Romans would scent their bath water with it as well as use it to improve the smell of washed clothes. The botanical name ‘lavendula’ comes from the latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’.
The 1937 book ‘Aromathérapie’ by French chemist and scholar René-Maurice Gattefossé was the first example of the word ‘aromathérapie’ in print. In it he recounts a story from 1910 in which he was impressed by the healing effects of lavender oil when he applied it to his hands which in a laboratory accident were severely burned and had spreading gas gangrene.
Today lavender is one of the few essential oils to still be listed in the British Pharmacopoeia, an annual published collection of quality standards for UK medicinal substances.
As well as being widely added to perfumes and other scented products, Lavender is one essential oil that can be used in every home, and it’s it has many uses! Young Living’s lavender is a more natural alternative to many store-bought products, and once you begin using it around the house you’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
One of the first natural remedies to be reintroduced to Western culture, today lavender is used for everything from calming the mind to soothing irritated skin.
Here are a few quick and easy ways to incorporate its benefits into your daily routine: